The matches were falling in the right sequence for Nick Kyrgios, but he was forced to retire in his third round match trailing two sets to one when he called time on his 2016 U.S. Open campaign due to a hip complaint.
Kyrgios had to retire in his match with unseeded Illya Marchenko. It goes down as a loss, his first in 21 matches against unseeded opponents.
According to Kyrgios, the problem had been bothering him in his first two matches, and despite showing no signs of distress early in his match with Marchenko, breaking on the Ukrainian’s first service game. Kyrgios needed only that one break to secure the first set.
Things deteriorated from that point forward, with Marchenko, the number 63-ranked player in the world, taking the second set at 6 – 4 and the third at 6 – 1.
It was Kyrgios’ first opportunity to advance to the final 16 in the U.S. Open, but the wear and tear on his body during the entire season was the main factor he attributed to his demise.
Mobility severely hampered, Australia’s last hope at Flushing Meadows ended with a whimper, rather than a flourish, with Kyrgios vowing to pay more attention to his preparation in the future.